The days of being passive subjects receiving wisdom and propaganda from an elite space on high are gone. So help us become a point of focus for creative thinking and a space for the democratic insurgency we’re witnessing and fully participating in.
Today the National Collective has announced it’s over issuing this statement saying: “National Collective belongs to a time and a place, and that moment has passed.” It’s a brave decision and probably the right one. Although we’ve hosted critical voices… Read More ›
By Mike Small Douglas Alexander is the head of Labour’s election strategy. He’s worried about where people get their news from. Speaking at a Labourlist event in central London, Douglas Alexander yesterday betrayed an extraordinary degree of self-denial in his… Read More ›
We interviewed Angela Haggerty, editor of the Common Space, Common Weal’s new media platform …
Can we rid the country of Tories next year? Can we witness the complete wipeout of Labour as a force in Scotland? Can we create leverage to hold power in London? Yes we can, this looks like a very real prospect.
“… the established media continues to define the scope of representative politics in Britain, to shape political demands and to punish and erase those who resist. It is one chamber of the corrupt heart of Britain, pumping fear, misinformation and hatred around the body politic…”
by Ian Gillan With just days to go until the Scottish independence referendum, the country has changed. It’s never felt like this before. The wonder of democracy shines everywhere. I’m voting yes, and I’ll explain why in a minute. But you’ll… Read More ›
By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert On 11th September, Paul Johnson and David Phillips of the Institute for Fiscal Studies produced an “observation”, (their description), on the question of the funding of the NHS in Scotland. This was widely hailed in… Read More ›
It is the UK’s parlous position, that is giving financial markets their ongoing jitters, not Scotland’s economic prospects argues James Meadway. Reading the media representation would make you think it’s the other way around. Respected economist Paul Krugman, a vociferous opponent of… Read More ›
Are you ready to hear the unimaginable story, in which we allow ourselves to win? Jonathan Rowson is. With ongoing momentum and infectious morale, the Yes campaign should carry on doing exactly what it’s been doing, brilliantly and positively. But… Read More ›
A Bella exclusive, with thanks to Stuart Platt, from MIT Boston:
Bella writer Vonny Moyes responds to the BT advert …
By Jonathan Rowson (@Jonathan_Rowson) Scotland’s constitutional future now depends upon a few hundred thousand voters. They are a varied bunch, and some are more persuadable than others, but they share certain characteristics. Many feel daunted by the responsibility to make… Read More ›
Scotland will be punished by the UK establishment if we vote No in the independence referendum, independence campaigners have argued at a press conference today. The Scottish Independence Convention unveiled a new leaflet (pictured) with quotes from David Cameron, Priti… Read More ›
Politics & Polling in the Independence Referendum. Polls are the Campaign. An exclusive look at the dark art of political polling in the Scottish Independence Referendum.
Land reform activist and researcher Andy Wightman on his own journey to Yes …
By Douglas Robertson Perched up high in Celtic Park’s West Stand watching the dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games a number of mundane actions occurring around me rekindled thoughts of Empire. Why does Empire still frame… Read More ›
“…the argument for independence does not rest on the notion Scots have been colonised by England, just as it does not rest on that other canard that it flows from hatred of the English. Support for independence rests on the need to escape a British state which has failed, and is failing, its people…”
Here’s the long-list of entries for our poster competition in collaboration with the Scottish Independence Convention. If you are sharing these images (please do!), please credit the individual artist and @ScotIndConv. In two weeks we’ll announce the shortlist to go… Read More ›
By Duncan McCann Danes observing the Scottish independence debate must be alarmed to discover that, according to British conventional wisdom, their country (population 5.5 million v Scotland’s 5.3 million) is not a viable independent state. It would seem, according to… Read More ›
By Jonathan Rowson After last night’s debate on Scottish Independence, where the snap ICM/Guardian poll suggested that Alastair Darling ‘won’, against the odds, lots of people are asking an apparently simple question. If Alex Salmond’s main problem was that he… Read More ›